Name: Jason Whaley
Vocation: missionary, day laborer, husband, dad, music, health/fitness guru
Family info: Married Nicole January 2002 who gave birth to Ella July 2008. We first met at Moody Coliseum (Abilene Christian University) while Jason was a Biology major at Oklahoma Christian and Nicole was an Australian exchange student at Western Christian College (Canada). Jason was a missionary apprentice in Australia 1998-2000. He had Nicole fell in love and got married while teaching English in Japan 2000-2002.
Missional/spiritual topics of interest, experience, . . . I've always been madly interested in God, Scripture, and creation (besides sex and rock'n'roll). I never found an avenue of ministry in which I felt suitably fit, though, until now! We have found partners to send us and teammates to Australia, not to "set up a church" but to be missional and make disciples in new communities. We plan to move January 2009, but we're still looking for partners.
Websites: www.aussiemission.com, www.notasbigasiam.blogspot.com, www.jasonandnicole.blogspot.com
Anything else: I'm probably most famous, much to my chagrin, for a song I wrote and play called "The Cow Song", but I do other songs, too. I plan to put some songs on facebook soon.
Hello All, My name is Hobby Chapin, I am a church planter in the northeast Denver Metro area at Higher Point Christ Fellowship. We are two years into this plant and intend to plant out again (Clay Neighborhood) in 2009. I am interested in missional hermeneutics and incarnational evangelism. I graduated from Harding University with a BA in Bible and HUGSR with an M.Div. I have been married for 8 years to my wife Jeri and have a son Jayden who will turn four this month. I am currently going through a Massage Therapy program. I intend to support myself financially in our next planting.
Todd A. Spencer
United Methodist Minister...to Youth and Young Adults
First United Methodist Church, Downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado
I have a beautiful wife, Debi, and two awesome sons, Lukas (7) and Ethan (5).
The most mission shaped thing I'm leading at FUMC, downtown Colorado Springs, is our Serve & Pray initiative. We gather about once a month, serve those in need in downtown (usually the homeless) and then retreat to our chapel for contemplative prayers and sharing. We end our time together considering the question, "So, in light of our serving and praying together, what is God's call on your life right now? ...what's your sense of God's call on us as the Body of Christ?" We have seen God work in some meaningful ways...
One of our Serve & Pray group has begun a new ministry, which is a partnership between our church and the Marion House (Catholic Social Services), down the street. It's called "Rooms 4 Rubbish" The gist of it is partnering up folks from our church with homeless folks, cleaning up part of the downtown of trash and then providing the homeless persons with vouchers for one night's stay at a local hotel we've partnered with...What a joy it is to find this connection and the relationships around it coming together.
Reading over what I've written above, I don't want to give the impression this all is clean cut and enormous...We normally have 5-12 people with our Serve & Pray...R4R is only 3 months old. So, we're really just puppies here...but it it all really is a joy.
It is great to see this forum. Missionaries need to use the latest technology to reach new communities and learn about best practices. I hope I can do my part here.
I am from Cancun, Mexico. After finishing high school in Mexico, I came to the U.S. as a student of Abilene Christian University. As I grew up, I never expected to study in the United States. Now I know that God brought me to ACU for a reason. As an ACU student, my mind, my faith, and my character were all challenged to strive for excellence. What's more, I made friends for a lifetime, including professors, who I know will be there for me in the years to come. I also had the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, even from countries I didn't know existed! Thanks to the diversity at ACU, I learned about many different cultures and, in the process, learned much more about my own values, beliefs, and culture. It was here where I discovered the true diversity of the Body of Christ.
A year after graduation, I came back to ACU as the Multicultural Enrollment Marketing Specialist. In other words, I work to help diverse families to understand the importance of a college education and to find the ways to make this possible. I believe that for us to change our families, communities, and nations, we need to prepare the best of best in every field, so from positions of influences Christian can make a difference.
Please contact me is I can help with anything.
Que Dios los bendiga.
My name is Bledar Valca. I am graduate of the SIBI's associate school in Albania. Currently, I am studying with NationsUniversity on a Master of Religious Studies. I am one of the four preachers for the Tirana Church of Christ.
Currently, I work with World Vision Albania as a Coordinator for Christian Witness Initiative.
I am married and we are expecting our first child on May 2009.
God bless you all.